Custer sheriff's deputy won't face assault chargeWoman sought criminal charges after rough treatment by officer.
CUSTER (AP) — A Custer County sheriff's corporal who was accused of assault by a woman he mistakenly arrested last month will not be charged, Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler said Thursday.
A South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation probe concluded the deputy, Cpl. David Keale, had no intent to assault Susan Brown, Wheeler said.
Brown said Keale approached her while she was shopping in Custer and told her he had a warrant to arrest her. Brown said Keale refused to give details about the warrant, which turned out to be for someone else.
Keale manhandled her and shoved her onto a bench, said Brown, who thought her arm had been broken. The officer later apologized. The media reported that Brown sought to have a simple assault charge filed against Keale.
The deputy has been on administrative leave, and Wheeler said Thursday he intended to speak with the deputy next week about his future with the department. He declined to say whether Keale had acted wisely in his handling of the Brown incident.
"We need to just see what he wants to do and what the options are," Wheeler told The Associated Press on Thursday. "I owe him to sit down and talk to him about it."
Keale has been working in the Custer County sheriff's office for about four years. It has 10 full-time employees and provides law enforcement for Custer County and the town of Custer.